It's amazing the difference a stylus makes

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by aircanman, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. aircanman macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2011
    Just got two cheap stylus from eBay and it makes the iPad feel like a different device. Easier to use on your lap/in hand, and typing is quicker. (when holding one handed)

    I will be buying a better quality stylus because this is ok but not amazing, but I would recommend one, such a difference.
  2. homeboy macrumors 6502

    Aug 23, 2007
    I felt the same when I got one but two weeks later it was collecting dust.

    Using the iPad with a stylus is like eating a hamburger with fork and knife.
  3. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    I generally agree with OP, but only use a stylus in certain scenarios. Marking up PDFs, signing docs, drawing sketches, playing Draw Something (lol).
  4. MadGoat macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2007
    It's definitely improved my Draw Something skills... other than that, nothing.
  5. BHP41 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2010
    United States of America
    Note taking and that's it. There is no way that chicken pecking with a stylus is faster than just one hand. You have more than your index finger ya know.
  6. HiddenPuppy macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2011
    I do not mean to hijack this thread, but what makes a stylus work, I thought all of the touch screens on a iPhone and iPad were heat sensitive and not just touch sensitive. I have tried with my old palm stylus and it does not work.

  7. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    These were the only uses where I found a stylus to be beneficial. Highlighting PDFs is easier as the stylus is smaller than and blocks less text in use than my finger, making it easier to highlight just the text I wanted to highlight. I imagine drawing may be easier for similar reasons.

    For general use, easiest to just use one of the ten styli already attached to my hands. I never have to rummage around on my desk to find one.
  8. Ayemerica macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2011
    Atlantis but in space
    lol I bought a stylus just for draw something. :p
  9. glen e macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
    I disagree - I use a stylus for everything. Why?
    1. more accurate, esp when editing text
    2. screen stays far cleaner, eliminating need for films

    However after buying many over the last year,there is a huge diff in stylii, many with the sponge ball are clumsy and drag....the best are the ones from - really work well - esp the "artist" model..
  10. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    No, not heat sensitive.

    They're capacitive touchscreens. Basically they detect when touched by something electrically conductive such as your finger. See and

    Styli for capacitive touchscreens are built to electrically mimic/extend your finger. If you hold a stylus while wearing a glove, it won't work since the glove insulates it from your hand.
  11. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    Recently had to sign an iPad with a stylus. Hated it.

    My finger is my stylus.
  12. aircanman thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2011
    This is the main reason why I bought one lol. But I like it for typing when holding in one hand.
  13. ChrisTX macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2009
    I bought an iPad stylus for grins, and giggles, and it has been collecting dust since day one.
    No need for a stylus with the iPad!
  14. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005

    I really appreciate how well the iPad takes to my fingers (TWSS) in every situation. For drawing though, I really appreciate having a stylus. I wouldn't want to be tied to having to use it so it's nice that there is a choice.
  15. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    While I fully understand the vision of Jobs and Co when they opted to not include native support for a Stylus, this is one instance where I think the App community has really blown their vision sideways to include some very useful features.

    Stylus input, by itself, isn't that big of a deal for me on the iPad. I'll agree with the OP that I find it easier to type one handed when using a stylus. And given my specific use cases (I'm on construction sites and board rooms all day...literally back and forth between the two), I use a stylus for all my screen input to try and keep my screen as clean as possible. But that alone isn't 'superior' to me to simple finger input. Its just more conducive to keeping the screen clean.

    What really amazes me is how far apps like Noteability and several of the drawing/stenciling apps have gone to make stylus input more usable. For example, trying to keep your hand off the screen is difficult when using a stlyus, and holding it above the screen feels awkward to me. So apps invented "dead zones" and "zoom" functions with auto-advance of the input window to allow you to input via stylus while resting your hand on a zone of the screen that doesn't accept any input. Marvelous, highly innovative (not sure which app developer invented this first) and turns a bolt-on experience via stylus into a MADE FOR STYLUS user experience.

    I'm hoping Apple see's fit at some point in the future to allow for stylus input as an integrated option via Bluetooth. They allow for printing from the iPad and that feature is totally unobtrusive unless you are looking for it. No reason they can't allow for native stylus input as well, just for those that want it.

    After the lengthy threads on "Which Stylus?" in the Accessories section, I finally ordered an iFaraday after seeing so many positive comments on them. Personally....I hate the thing. Not enough surface grip for me so my handwriting looks terrible. Maybe that's the selling feature of the tip but mine is going back. To each their own and thank goodness we have such a large selection to choose from eh?
  16. trssho macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2009
  17. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    Many 3 yr olds agree.
    It's a shame that Jobs made a comment on the stylus because so many people have shut themselves off from even considering one based solely on his opinion at that moment. while fingers are convenient, the use of a stylus as an OPTION is something that shouldnt be rejected so quickly because precision pen based input fits into both the evolution of the tablet and the evolution of human beings.
  18. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Nope, but interestingly, fingers sometimes don't work as well in the cold, because the surface blood vessels constrict. See below.

    More importantly, our finger is attached to our body, which is the capacitor in this case:

    To a capacitive screen, we're the equivalent of a six foot diameter balloon filled with water. Our skin is the surface of the balloon and our blood is the water.

    Btw, a primary reason we can't use a smaller stylus on Apple devices, is because their touchscreen controller code is specifically programmed to ignore non-finger sized touches. This is detailed in their patent applications where they discuss how they calculate the center of a touch patch.

    Unfortunately some people are unable to see sales pitches for what they are.

    Indeed. Touch, writing instrument, voice, facial expressions, gestures... all are normal human ways of communicating, and all will eventually be considered normal for a smart device to understand.
  19. ljx718 macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2008

    I currently have the Bamboo stylus and I hate the sponge tip. You can't really put any kind of pressure because it just collapses. The one you recommended has a hard tip?
  20. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    You seem to imply that holding the same opinion as a 3 yr old is wrong? Guess we better all give up chocolate... :D

    I agree, but see it as a quote taken out of context and misinterpreted.

    The intent, I believe, was that if a stylus is required then the designers screwed up the user interface. I don't believe he intended to imply they should never be used, only that they shouldn't be required in order to use the device.
  21. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2010
    Plano, TX
    I bought one a year or so ago when they first started popping up. I wanted to see how well they worked. Mine pretty much sat after I had some fun with various sketching apps.

    Like others have said, it makes Draw Something much more fun.

    Amato27 if anyone wants to play/laugh at my artistic ability :)
  22. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    Case in point.

    I'm surfing this forum right now from my iPad. To go to page 2 of the posts in this forum I have to hit a teeny tiny little underlined numeral 2 that is about 1/4 the size of my fingertip.

    So much easier with a stylus than having to use two fingers to first zoom the screen then choose the right page number.
  23. smithrh macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    I've thought for a while now that these numbers should be much larger or that there should be a bigger "Next" button - even on the Mac these can be pain to select in some situations...
  24. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    I use my stylus extensively, especially for annotating documents and for note taking (mainly Notability). Whatever Steve Jobs said, from my perspective it's a very welcome addition to my device.
  25. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    I have the cosmonaut from a kickstarter campaign. It feels a bit more like using a magic marker then using a pen which makes more sense because there is little friction on the iPad display. So as long as you can zoom in on your drawing app and you use the iPad like a marker board then I don't mind using a stylus.

    But drawing is pretty much the only situation where I will use it.

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